Non-profit

Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action (JOSHUA)

Website:

www.joshua4justice.org/

Location:

GREEN BAY, WI

Tax ID:

20-1644019

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2012):

Revenue: $57,509
Expenses: $67,387
Assets: $37,889

Formation:

2004

Founders:

Barbara Shiffer, Sr.

Maria Drzwiecki

Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action (JOSHUA) is a Gamaliel Foundation-affiliated left-of-center community organizing group based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The group receives funding from multiple sources, including the Catholic Campaign for Human Development[1] and the RESIST Foundation. [2] The Democratic Party has sponsored JOSHUA. [3]

Background

Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action (JOSHUA) is a left-wing community organizing group founded by 17 faith communities and 350 other individuals during a covenanting ceremony in 2004. After the ceremony, Barbara Shiffer and Sr. Maria Drzwiecki were elected to become the group’s first co-presidents. [4]

JOSHUA is an affiliate of WISDOM, which is a state-level federation of Gamaliel Foundation-affiliated left-wing community organizing groups in Wisconsin. [5]

Funding

JOSHUA receives funding from multiple organizations, such as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development which gave $28,000 to the group in 2010 for “Community Development HEALTHCARE”;[6] the RESIST foundation which provided a grant to JOSHUA in 2017 for “Economic Justice”;[7] and the Democratic Party, which JOSHUA lists on its sponsor page. [8]

Controversy

David Ricken, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Green Bay, wrote a letter to JOSHUA in February 2010 after the group supported Health Care for America Now, a coalition that supported abortion rights in a health care bill before Congress. [9]

In the letter, Ricken invited the group to a meeting to discuss the “connection between congregation-based community organizing and our Catholic social tradition,” due to the “issues that arose in 2009 between some Catholics and Gamaliel, WISDOM, JOSHUA, and ESTHER.” [10]

Ricken noted that “principles of the Gamaliel Foundation are inconsistent with the tenets of our Catholic Social Teaching,” and proposed that JOSHUA sever ties with WISDOM, and in turn, the Gamaliel Foundation. [11]

References

  1. “2010-2011 CCHD Grantees.” USCCB.org. Accessed July 11, 2019. http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/grants/upload/cchd-grantees-2010.pdf. ^
  2. “Justice Organization Sharing Hope United for Action (JOSHUA).” RESIST. Accessed July 11, 2019. https://resist.org/grantees/justice-organization-sharing-hope-united-action-joshua. ^
  3. “Sponsors.” JOSHUA. Accessed July 11, 2019. http://www.joshua4justice.org/support-joshua/sponsors/. ^
  4. “About Us.” JOSHUA. Accessed July 11, 2019. http://www.joshua4justice.org/about-us/. ^
  5. “About Us.” JOSHUA. Accessed July 11, 2019. http://www.joshua4justice.org/about-us/. ^
  6. “2010-2011 CCHD Grantees.” USCCB.org. Accessed July 11, 2019. http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/grants/upload/cchd-grantees-2010.pdf. ^
  7. “Justice Organization Sharing Hope United for Action (JOSHUA).” RESIST. Accessed July 11, 2019. https://resist.org/grantees/justice-organization-sharing-hope-united-action-joshua. ^
  8. “Sponsors.” JOSHUA. Accessed July 11, 2019. http://www.joshua4justice.org/support-joshua/sponsors/. ^
  9. Crc. “The Gamaliel Foundation: Alinsky-Inspired Group Uses Stealth Tactics to Manipulate Church Congregations.” Capital Research Center. Accessed July 11, 2019. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-gamaliel-foundation-alinsky-inspired-group-uses-stealth-tactics-to-manipulate-church-congregations/. ^
  10. Bauer, Renae. “Bishop Calls Meeting with JOSHUA, ESTHER.” Bishop Calls Meeting with JOSHUA, ESTHER | News Stories | News & Events. February 27, 2010. Accessed July 11, 2019. https://www.gbdioc.org/news/489-bishop-calls-meeting-with-joshua-esther.html. ^
  11. Bauer, Renae. “Bishop Calls Meeting with JOSHUA, ESTHER.” Bishop Calls Meeting with JOSHUA, ESTHER | News Stories | News & Events. February 27, 2010. Accessed July 11, 2019. https://www.gbdioc.org/news/489-bishop-calls-meeting-with-joshua-esther.html. ^

Coalition Memberships

  1. Gamaliel Foundation
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 2005

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2012 Dec Form 990EZ $57,509 $67,387 $37,889 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990EZ $69,739 $59,870 $47,767 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990EZ $60,403 $44,189 $37,848 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action (JOSHUA)

    130 SAINT MATTHEWS ST
    GREEN BAY, WI 54301-2910